Teachers TV: Primary Science lesson starters - Physical world, Light

These video lesson starters for Primary Science all look at the topic of light - how it travels, and how it helps us to see.

Teachers TV: Primary science lesson starters - Physical world, light

These free video lesson starters for primary science all look at the topic of light - how it travels, and how it helps us to see. (Ages 7-11).

They can be used at the beginning of a lesson to pose questions and to get you class thinking about the topic.

How light works


Questions about light

This video looks at shadows, opaque and translucent materials, and light travelling in a straight line.

Theatre lights

How light and colour can be used to create different moods on stage, and how spot lights create shadows.

Making shadows

A shadowgraph theatre provides a good way to show how shadows are formed by blocking a light source.

How light travels

Eight robotic, moving lights, as used in rock concerts, show how light of different colours, shapes and patterns can be created and controlled.

Light and seeing


Primary science: Light - How we see things

This video looks at light sources, how we see in the dark, making shadows, and how light travels.

Light and seeing

A group of boys and girls have been blindfolded. With the light now excluded from their eyes, what will they make of a table full of party food?

Seeing in the dark

How could a torch help find a lost dog in the dark?

How we see light

Meet Alex who is virtually blind. It is a congenital condition and means that any light that does enter his eyes is not processed correctly by his optic nerves.

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